Children and Young People's Community Eating Disorder Service - Bolton and Wigan

Transfer of service
Please be aware that from 1 April 2021, the management of our Wigan, Bolton and Greater Manchester services will transfer to Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

We do not anticipate any disruption to services as a direct result of this transfer. You will continue to see the same healthcare professionals and receive your care at the same location.  

From this date, the records of your care will transfer to Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and will remain secure and confidential in line with the Trust's privacy policy.

For more information about the transfer, please see:

Who we are
Our Young People's Community Eating Disorder Service provides assessment, treatment and support for young people with eating disorders and their families.

Our service aims to promote the early detection and treatment of eating disorders through a combination of one-to-one support and family therapy, along with support from a qualified dietitian.

Through our partnership with leading national eating disorder charity Beat, we also work closely with local schools and colleges to raise awareness and support the identification of eating disorders amongst pupils and staff.

Who is our service for?
Our service is for children and young people age eight to 18 living in Bolton and Wigan who have symptoms of an eating disorder.

This could be one of a number of types of eating disorder, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia or eating disorder not otherwise specified (also known as EDNOS).

Who do we work in partnership with?
Our Young People's Community Eating Disorder Service works in partnership with leading national eating disorder charity Beat and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

How to access our service
If you think you may have an eating disorder, make an appointment to see your GP. He or she will be able to talk through your symptoms with you and if appropriate, make a referral to our service for you for an assessment.

We also accept referrals from teachers, school nurses, social workers and other health professionals.

What will happen at your first appointment?
Your first appointment will be an initial screening and assessment with one of our specialist child and adolescent psychiatrists. This will take place at our service hub at our Helping Hands Centre in Ince-in-Makerfield.

Following your initial assessment, your on-going appointments will be held at a clinic within your borough so you can access support close to home.

At your first appointment, our psychiatrist will have a chat with you and your family about the difficulties you have been having and how they have been affecting you. This appointment usually takes around two hours and will help us to develop a care plan to suit you and your family.

Where else do we provide the service?
As well as in Wigan and Bolton, we also provide a Young People's Community Eating Disorder Service in Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Warrington.

Related links
Beat (national eating disorder charity) -

You can find out more about anorexia nervosa on the A-Z Health and Wellbeing section on our website.

NHS Choices – Eating disorder advice for parents -

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Contact us
Young People's Community Eating Disorder Service (Bolton and Wigan)
Helping Hands Clinic
155-157 Manchester Road

Tel: 01942 775 400